Cape Town - AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson is confident his side will rise to the occasion when they host Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday evening.
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Johnson feels Usuthu always enjoy playing against the Buccaneers and is adamant they will give Milutin Sredojevic's troops a run for their money this weekend.
The KZN outfit are bottom of the Premiership standings having won just two of opening nine matches, and their situation has not been helped by the recent docking of points by FIFA.
"Maybe it comes as a bit of a distraction," Johnson was quoted as saying by KickOff. "It's at home against Pirates - they won the derby and are on a major high, we lost and are on a major low.
"I hope all the Zulus come out and sing for us. So, yeah it's going to be a nice game. Anytime you play (Kaizer) Chiefs, Pirates or (Mamelodi) Sundowns, it always looks like someone puts an injection up any team's backside, and they just seem to come out of the blocks a bit quicker and a bit faster.
"Those motivations are there, and it looks like their heads are a bit clearer to understand the tactics, and when they do that, you say, 'yes, this is the player I like'."